Following Mondays article on parental monitoring and why you should be doing it, I thought we'd follow up with some tips for monitoring his or her phone. I am noticing more and more teens scrolling through Facebook pictures and checking their emails using their mobile phone all the time. And it's not just me.
Facebook's recent acquisition of Instagram, a photo sharing app for mobile devices, shows that users are increasingly going online using a phone.
Even so, statistics show that far fewer parents monitor their child's cell phone as rigorously as they do other Internet-enabled devices, like a laptop or desktop PC. If this is you, don't feel bad – start keeping your kids safer today with these 10 parental monitoring tips for cell phones.
10 Parental Monitoring Tips for your child's cell phone:
- Lay out the times and durations when phone use is acceptable
- Specify what times are “off limits” for phone use
- Decide jointly on a consequence for breaking the rules
- Familiarize yourself with the features and capabilities of the phone
- Talk about what's acceptable to text and forward
- Think about installing additional parental controls on the phone
- Develop a system for regularly checking phone activity
- Review the contacts listed on the phone, watching for strangers or cryptic contact names
- Review phone history for late night calls or calls at odd times of day
- Teach kids not to respond to texts from people they don't know or give their number out to people they don't completely trust